Lighting and Composition Techniques for Digital Wedding Photography - dummies

Lighting and Composition Techniques for Digital Wedding Photography

By Amber Murphy

Part of Digital Wedding Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Great wedding photos rely heavily on the photographer’s understanding of lighting and composition. Though a photographer can use lighting and composition creatively, the following basic tips help ensure you take stunning wedding pictures:

  • Get more appealing pictures by using soft light. Soft light, such as light reflected off a wall or the ground in front of your subject, provides a smooth and even look on your subjects. Try to avoid hard light, which creates high contrast and shadows.

  • Use natural light whenever possible. Place your subjects in the shade and use natural reflectors to bounce the light source evenly back toward them.

  • If you can’t use natural light, shoot with an off-camera flash the correct way: with a bounce flash, bounce card, or diffuser to even out the light. Never shoot with a direct off-camera flash.

  • Use the rule of thirds when composing your images. To understand this concept, imagine a tic-tac-toe grid drawn across your viewfinder, breaking your image into thirds horizontally and vertically. Subjects placed on a line or at the intersection of two lines draw your viewer’s attention.

  • Pay attention to your background. Try to place your subjects in front of neutral backgrounds that are free of clutter.